Churches and social power in early medieval Europe : integrating archaeological and historical approaches / edited by José C. Sánchez-Pardo and Michael G. Shapland.

  • Turnhout, Belgium : Brepols, [2015]
  • ©2015
xvi, 550 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.


  • Studies in the early Middle Ages ; v. 42. [More in this series]
  • Studies in the Early Middle Ages ; volume 42
Summary note
A comparative and interdisciplinary approach to secular power and the foundation of medieval churches. Local churches were an established part of many towns and villages across early medieval Western Europe, and their continued presence make them an invaluable marker for comparing different societies. Up to now, however, the dynamics of power behind church building and the importance of their presence within the landscape have largely been neglected. This book takes a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to the study of early medieval churches, drawing together archaeology, history, architecture, and landscape studies in order to explore the relationship between church foundation, social power, and political organization across Europe. Key subjects addressed here include the role played by local elites and the importance of the church in buttressing authority, as well as the connections between archaeology and ideology, and the importance of individual church buildings in their broader landscape contexts. Bringing together case-studies from diverse regions across Western Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, France, the British Isles, Denmark, and Iceland), the seventeen contributions to this volume offer new insights into the relationships between church foundations, social power, and political organization. In doing so, they provide a means to better understand social power in the landscape of early medieval Europe.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • List of Illustrations
  • Introduction : churches and social power in early Medieval Europe / José C. Sánchez-Pardo and Michael G. Shapland
  • Churches as channels for power relations
  • Founding and owning churches in early Medieval Álava (North Spain) : the creation, transmission, and monumentalization of memory / Juan Antonio Quirós and Igor Santos
  • Local churches and lordship in late antique and early Medieval Northern Italy / Alexandra Chavarría
  • Local churches and social power in early Medieval Ireland : a case study of the kingdom of Fir Maige / Tomás Ó Carragáin
  • Churches and social elites in early Medieval Tuscany : a quantitative-statistical approach to the episcopal archive of lucca / Roberto Farinelli
  • Churches and the transition of power
  • Patronage in transition : lordship, churches, and funerary monuments in Anglo-Norman England / Aleksandra McClain
  • Power strategies in the early Medieval Churches of Galicia (AD 711-910) / José Carlos Sánchez-Pardo
  • Heidenheim and Samos : monastic remembrance of the 'Anglo-Saxon Mission' in Southern Germany and the 'Mozarabic Resettlement' of Northern Spain compared / Christofer Zwanzig
  • Churches and lordship in Western Normandy, AD 800-1200 / David Petts
  • Churches in landscapes of power
  • Early Medieval religion and social power : a comparative study of rural elites and church building in Northern France and Southern Scandinavia / Anne Nissen
  • The church and the land : settlement, economy, and power in early Medieval England / Duncan W. Wright
  • Powers, territories, and architecture in North-West Portugal : an approach to the christian landscapes of Braga between the fifth and eleventh centuries / Luís Fontes
  • Local churches, settlements, and social power in late antique and early Medieval Gaul : new avenues in the light of recent archaeological research in South-East France / Christine Delaplace
  • Churches as centres of power
  • Architecture and power at the end of the Lombard kingdom / Gian Pietro Brogiolo
  • On the origins of the great carolingian place of power : recent excavations at Aachen cathedral / Andreas Schaub and Tanja Kohlberger-Schaub
  • Palaces, churches, and the practice of anglo-saxon kingship / Michael Shapland
  • The development of the church in Iceland in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, with reference to the Reykholt church / Guðrún Sveinbjarnardóttir
  • Index of people, places, and subjects.
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